Default lens 'sources' should be set to "My Videos"

Bug #982467 reported by Doug McMahon on 2012-04-15
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
unity-lens-video (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Some users consider the online searches a privacy issue, founded or unfounded I don't know though think it's the Latter
In any event if the default was just to source/search My videos then it's up to the user as whether to expand the searches or not.

Will mark as a security so they can confirm or discount as they see it

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: unity-lens-video 0.3.5-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-23.36-generic-pae 3.2.14
Uname: Linux 3.2.0-23-generic-pae i686
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
ApportVersion: 2.0.1-0ubuntu3
Architecture: i386
Date: Sun Apr 15 13:21:24 2012
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Beta i386 (20120407)
PackageArchitecture: all
 PATH=(custom, user)
SourcePackage: unity-lens-video
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Doug McMahon (mc3man) wrote :
description: updated
visibility: private → public
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in unity-lens-video (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
MarkieB (ubunt-u-markbenjamin) wrote :

I'll say it's less of a question of whether it affects privacy, it clearly does;

although some may consider it unimportant, the constantly increasing ability to track/identify people from very limited clues should make it ever more important in the very near future;

the more pertinent question is whether it affects privacy in a way that involves law;

possibly currently it may be that there is no specific law addressing the question of whether an OS desktop should provide default total privacy; however let's be clear there are obvious tendencies for paternalistic legislation in the area, think 'do not track' / treatment of facebook default privacy policy etc

as an OS should be legal in at least most important legal systems in the world, let's look particularly at for instance the EU's zeal for protecting consumer privacy in terms of data protection, it's really going to need a warning at first then configurability as a follow-up, it seems a relatively straightforward way of avoiding a whole heap of legal trouble up the road.

David Callé (davidc3) wrote :

To add some perspective to the report, you might want to know that the online video sources, when any of them is activated, are not queried directly. User queries are sent to a server managed by Canonical which then queries the many sources displayed by the lens.

David Callé (davidc3) wrote :

I'm not 100% sure of it (I worked on the client, not the server part), but I think the server in question is covered by the same policy as other Canonical web services :

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